Many of the rooms are painted in full colors such as taupe, portrait gallery red, teal and French Blue. I’m mentioning this because there are still so many people afraid to go any more colorful than linen white and to them I say: take the plunge. The galleries look fresh, clean, period correct and even contemporary, but never musty. Just look at how that Braque painting pops off the wall. I have no color recommendations this week, only the admonishment to banish the beige.
Look for my new favorite thing: the restored Wisteria Dining Room, an Art Nouveau delight. Look also for Sargent’s scandalous Madame X, newly ensconced in a magnificent vista framed by an arch, and moved here from the American wing. Its placement suggests that it was actually the Americans who were at the center of so many things. You go girl.
- Mark Chamberlain, interior and decorative painter